Mhmmmm, have you ever tried a tablet? Drawing w/ mouse isn't impossible but it's really difficult and not as neat as done w/ tablet's pens. I'd suggest you'd get one and try out.
I don't know where are you from but if you live in USA you could try to look up for it in one of those stores like Best Buy and ask for the policy return. Sometimes you can buy a product and try it out for 2 weeks or so. If I were you I would do that.
Speaking of software, the one I use is Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks. However, I know there are also other freeware you could download from the web. How about GIMP?
Originally Posted by Vakarak
Since when did you get so good now? :)